Bless the Lord oh My soul

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Cawan Holy Grail apakah disimpan di Amerika Utara ?

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Holy Grail (pic: history.com)

graltabKsatria Raja Arthur berkumpul di Meja Bundar untuk merayakan Pentakosta, melihat visi dari Holy Grail (Cawan Suci). Adegan ini digambarkan berdasarkan naskah dari abad ke-15, Lancelot and the Holy Grail. (britannia.com)

 

 

 

 

 

Ahli forensik geologi, Scott Wolter, telah mengajukan teori baru yang radikal mengenai satu set dari tiga batu berukir yang ditemukan di dekat Spirit Pond (Kolam Roh) di Phippsburg, Maine, AS, lebih dari 40 tahun yang lalu. Menurut Wolter, batu-batu yang Kontroversial tersebut merupakan bukti bahwa para Ksatria Templar melarikan diri dari Eropa ke Amerika Utara setelah penganiayaan terhadap mereka pada 1307, dengan membawa Holy Grail (Cawan Suci).

Batu ukiran Spirit Pond, ditemukan pada 1971 oleh Walter J. Elliott, Jr, seorang tukang kayu yang lahir di Bath, Maine. Batu-batu ukiran tersebut, yang saat ini tersimpan di Museum Negeri Maine, telah diklaim oleh beberapa ilmuwan sebagai hoax atau penipuan, akan tetapi yang lain mengatakan bahwa mereka adalah otentik dan membuktikan kontak trans samudera pra- Columbus dan kolonisasi bangsa Norse di Amerika.

Batu-batu misterius itu berukuran sekitar 15 hingga 28 cm. Salah satu batu menggambarkan peta kasar di satu sisi dan prasasti di sisi lainnya. Batu kedua menggambarkan tulisan surat di satu sisi, dan yang ketiga berisi pesan panjang enam belas baris yang tertulis rapi di kedua sisi batu.

Setelah menemukan batu-batu tersebut, Walter Elliott membawanya ke Museum Maritim Bath, dimana Direktur Harold Brown menyarankan bahwa berdasarkan symbol-simbol yang terukir mungkin merupakan alfabet rahasia bangsa Norse. Selanjutnya, batu tersebut sampai ke tangan Einar Haugen, profesor bahasa dan sejarah Skandinavia di Universitas Harvard. Dalam evaluasi yang diterbitkannya, Haugen bersikeras bahwa batu itu merupakan penipuan belaka dan menyebut mereka sebagai “omong kosong”.

Mereka yang percaya bahwa artefak tersebut otentik menyatakan bahwa kesimpulan cepat Haugen tentang batu itu dianggap menghalangi penelitian tambahan sejak saat itu. Menurut Sue Carlson dari New England Antiquities Research Asossiation (NEARA), setelah Haugen menyebutnya palsu, para ilmuwan lain segera menganggap batu itu sebagai lelucon belaka dan tidak akan mendengarkan setiap teori lain.

Batu-batu itu telah menyebabkan perpecahan tajam. Baik Haugen (1972, 1974) dan Wahlgren (1982, 1986) telah menyatakan bahwa batu itu palsu.

Sementara penelitian yang lebih baru cenderung melihat hubungannya yang sangat erat dengan abad pertengahan Skandinavia (Buchannan, 1974; Whittal, 1974; Gordon, 1974; Hahn 1989, 1990; Nieldson, 1992, 1993, 1994; Chapman, 1981, 1993; Buchanan, 1993; dan Carlson, 1994). Menurut Carlson, batu-batu itu menjadi bukti kehadiran Viking di Amerika Utara dari abad XIV hingga XV.

Dalam laporan yang dipublikasikan dalam Jurnal NEARA, Sue Carlson berusaha menerjemahkan batu-batu itu. Menurut penelitiannya, batu-batu itu bercerita tentang badai yang datang tiba-tiba dan para Viking ketakutan yang mencoba untuk menyelamatkan kapal mereka dari “lengan berbusa Aegir, Dewa Laut pemarah “. Untuk mendukung perspektif ini, jejak Viking ditemukan di sepanjang pantai New England, dan lokasi dua kawah persegi panjang, beberapa ratus meter dari tempat batu-batu itu ditemukan, yang diyakini merupakan rumah tanah, arsitektur khas bangsa Norse, yang berasal dari sekitar 1405.

Carlson menolak klaim Haugen yang menyebut batu-batu itu “omong kosong” belaka. Pendapat Carlson itu didasarkan pada asumsi bahwa ukiran itu merupakan bahasa Norse pada sekitar tahun 1010. Memang, menganalisis dan mengotentikasi prasasti rahasia Norse merupakan sebuah tantangan tersendiri, karena variasi dalam skrip selama berabad-abad, dan pendukung keaslian batu itu berpendapat bahwa klaim Haugen telah menutup penelitian terhadap salah satu dari banyak skrip rahasia Norse yang ada di dunia.

“Ini adalah cerita terbesar yang tidak pernah diceritakan,” kata Wolter. Teori ini mengasumsikan bahwa Holy Grail telah salah diidentifikasi oleh para generasi berikut sebagai cawan yang berisi darah Kristus yang dikumpulkan selama penyaliban-Nya. Wolter berdasarkan pada teori pinggiran yang bertentangan dengan terori sejarawan yang dianggapnya telah menyalahtafsirkan ejaan Perancis lama “san greal” sebagai “holy grail”, meskipun kalimat tersebut mirip akan tetapi lebih akurat jika menjadi “sang real,” yang berarti “royal blood (darah bangsawan)” – atau dengan kata lain, garis keturunan Kristus.

Ksatria Templar merupakan kelompok militer Nasrani pada masa Perang Salib, tetapi pada 1307, Gereja Katolik dan bangsawan Perancis menuduh mereka sebagai anggota praktik sesat dan memburu mereka.

Menurut Wolter, Ksatria Templar dianggap sebagai ancaman bukan hanya karena kekayaan yang telah mereka peroleh selama bertahun-tahun, tetapi karena mereka merupakan keturunan biologis Kristus. Jika terungkap sebagai anggota garis keturunan Ilahi, ia berteori bahwa kekuasaan mereka akan menyaingi orang-orang dari gereja dan monarki.

Salah satu pembenaran Haugen untuk menyebut batu Spirit Pond sebagai batu palsu berkaitan dengan karakter saling silang yang muncul di seluruh prasasti, yang disebut sebagai “X Hooked” atau “Stung A” karena hal itu merepresentasikan vokal “a”. Hal itu karena simbol yang sama dapat ditemukan pada ukiran rahasia terkenal pada batu di Narragansett dan Kensington, yang berdasarkan teori akademik yang berlaku, semua prasasti itu adalah palsu, dengan pemahat dari tahun baru-baru ini yang ditemukan bahwa batu New England menggunakan batu ukir Kensington dari tahun 1898 sebagai bahan.

Namun Wolter memiliki hipotesis lain tentang simbol itu. Dalam bukunya pada 2009, “X Hooked: Kunci Rahasia Sejarah Amerika Utara”, ia menulis bahwa bukannya membuat ketiga situs itu sebagai penipuan, namun simbol-simbol itu justru memvalidasi mereka. Wolter mengatakan bahwa para ilmuwan yang menutup penelitian mereka akibat simbol X tersebut, cenderung membatasi ruang lingkup penelitian mereka dengan bahasa yang digunakan oleh para pelayar Nordik, dan ia berpendapat bahwa batu itu diukir oleh biarawan Cistercian yang bepergian bersama dengan para Ksatria Templar.

“Arkeolog ini semuanya telah diprogram (untuk mempercayai bahwa batu itu palsu) dan mereka tidak bisa berpikir di luar kotak,” kata Wolter.

Wolter telah berteori bahwa X hooked mengkombinasikan V terbalik yang mewakili jenis kelamin laki-laki, V menghadap atas yang mewakili jenis kelamin perempuan, dan V kecil di lengan kanan atas yang mewakili keturunan perempuan kecil. Jika digabungkan, melambangkan Yesus, Maria Magdalena, dan putri mereka, menurut Wolter, dan simbol itu adalah salah satu yang banyak digunakan oleh Ksatria Templar dan biarawan pendukung mereka sebagai bagian dari bahasa rahasia untuk berkomunikasi satu sama lain secara rahasia.

Sementara Sue Carlson menolak teori Ksatria Templar Wolter, dan menganggapnya “keterlaluan”. Bagaimanapun, mereka setidaknya setuju pada satu hal, yaitu batu Spirit Pond telah diperlakukan tidak adil sejak penemuannya dan setidaknya layak mendapatkan penelitian yang lebih objektif. (ancient origins/april Holloway/osc)

Chuppa

Chuppa dalam tradisi Ibrani adalah kanopi, atau peneduh yang menaungi , khususnya ketika sepasang calon mempelai sedang menerima sakramen pernikahan.
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Chuppa juga menjadi salah satu pembentuk huruf Ibrani, seperti dalam “Chet” dimana huruf “zayin” dihubungkan dengan chuppa
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Bukan sekedar mengisi waktu luang

Saya berkesempatan hadir dalam konferensi guru-guru Sekolah Minggu. Salah satu pembicara adalah Simon Hood. Ia adalah Direktur Kreatif dari Australian Creative Children’s Powerhouse. Simon juga bergerak di dunia puppet dan sudah mengadakan show lebih dari 4.000 kali di seluruh dunia. Selama 19 tahun terakhir beliau melatih banyak guru sekolah minggu di lebih dari 18 negara.

Simon Hood sempat berbincang-bincang dengan saya.”Sebenarnya bukan hanya di Indonesia. Di berbagai tempat yang saya kunjungi,keadaannya juga demikian: pelayanan anak seringkali tidak digarap optimal karena banyak gereja yang kurang menganggap penting hal ini,” katanya. Karena itulah Sekolah Minggu terkesan hanya mengisi waktu luang anak-anak yang sedang mengikuti orangtuanya beribadah atau sekedar agar mereka tidak berlari-lari di dalam gereja saat pendeta sedang berkhotbah.

“Jadi,sebelum dunia ini menawarkan sesuatu kepada mereka dan mereka menjadi pengikut setianya, maka hendaknya gereja menyadari tugas mereka untuk membawa anak-anak dalam pengenalan akan Tuhan dan kebenaran,” kata Simon Hood.

Itulah salah satu potret pelayanan dan pemberdayaan anak-anak yang di dalam gereja, yang dikenal dengan istilah Sekolah Minggu. Anak-anak adalah generasi yang potensial untuk mengikuti apa saja yang ditawarkan atau diberikan dalam hidup mereka. Jikalau para orangtua tidak menyalakan lilin pengetahuan dan budi pekerti, maka pihak yang lain dapat mengambil mereka; kekuatan militer dapat mengambil mereka dalam organisasi-organisasi liar ,dan kekuatan-kekuatan lainnya, apapun itu.

Dikutip dari Blessing September 2016

Tembok ketiga

Take That Third Wall Find, UNESCO

Historical accuracy and truth triumphs.
From the official press release:

Impressive and fascinating evidence of the battlefield and the breaching of the Third Wall that surrounded Jerusalem at the end of the Second Temple period was uncovered last winter in the Russian Compound in the city center. The finds were discovered in an archaeological excavation the Israel Antiquities Authority conducted in the location where the new campus of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design is slated to be constructed.

During the course of the excavation archaeologists discovered the remains of a tower jutting from the city wall. Opposite the tower’s western facade were scoresof ballista and sling stones that the Romans had fired from catapults towards the Jewish guards defending the wall, who were stationed at the top of the tower.

The excavation ite in the Russian Compound. One can see the sling stones on the floor, which are tangible evidence of the battle that was waged here 2,000 years ago.

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Photographic credit: Yoli Shwartz, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.
According to Dr. Rina Avner and Kfir Arbib, excavation directors on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, “This is a fascinating testimony of the intensive bombardment by the Roman army, led by Titus, on their way to conquering the city and destroying the Second Temple. The bombardment was intended to attack the sentries guarding the wall and provide cover for the Roman forces so they could approach the wall with battering rams and thereby breach the city’s defenses”.

…This quarter was named Beit Zeita. The building of the Third Wall was begun by Agrippa I […and] resumed some two decades later by the defenders of Jerusalem, as part of fortifying the city and the Jewish rebels’ preparations for the Great Revolt against Rome.

 

…It seems that the new discovery in the Russian Compoundspearhead is

proof of the wall’s existence in this area.
A spearhead from the battle against Titus’ army.
Photographic credit: Clara Amit, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority
The excavation findings will be presented in a conference entitled ““New Studies in the archaeology of Jerusalem and its Region” conference “, to be held on Thursday, October 27, 2016, at the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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Kenali dirimu di dalam Yesus

Saat dirimu dalam pencarian jatidiri, Iblis berupaya menipumu. Ia katakan bahwa dirimu adalah pecundang. Ia akan olok-olok bahwa kamu tidak layak untuk turut dalam pekerjaan Ilahi.Bahkan iblis akan memperdaya dengan mengatakan bahwa kamu tidak patut mendapatkan keselamatan.

Namun camkanlah janji Firman Tuhan yang sudah dinyatakan dalam Alkitab:

 

Memewrintah dalam hidup bersama dengan Kristus    (Roma 5:17)

-Tidak memandang akan apa yang terlihat, tetapi memandang hal-hal tak terlihat.                                                  (II Korintus 4:18)

-Berjalan dengan iman dan bukan dengan penglihatan.     (II Corinthians 5:7)

Mematahkan pencitraan dan segala hal yang memegahkan diri menentang pengenalan akan Allah.     

Kami mematahkan setiap siasat orang dan merubuhkan setiap kubu yang dibangun oleh keangkuhan manusia untuk menentang pengenalan akan Allah. Kami menawan segala pikiran dan menaklukkannya kepada Kristus,  (II Korintus 10:5)

 

-The righteousness of God in Christ.     (II Corinthians 5:21)

 

-Berakar dan tertanam dalam kasih karena Kristus tinggal di dalam saya.  (Efesus 3:17)

 

-The workmanship of God, created in Christ Jesus for good works.     (Ephesians 3:17)

 

-Prosperous and in good health, because my soul prospers.     (III John 2)

 

-Being transformed by the renewing of my mind to prove the perfect will of God.     (Romans 12:2)

 

-Healed by the stripes of Jesus Christ.     (I Peter 2:24)

 

-More than a conqueror through Jesus.     (Romans 8:37)

 

-The salt of the earth and the light of the world.     (Matthew 5:13a)

 

-Complete in Christ.     (Colossians 2:10)

 

-Strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.   (Ephesians 6:10)

 

-Taking the shield of faith and quenching all the fiery darts of the enemy.

(Ephesians 6:16)

 

-Praying my desires and receiving them.     (Mark 11:24)

 

-Like a tree planted by the rivers of water, everything that I do will prosper.     (Psalm 1:3)

 

-A temple of the Holy Ghost.     (I Corinthians 6:19)

 

 

I AM     . . .

 

 

-Given exceeding great and precious promises, and by them I partake of the divine nature.

(II Peter 1:4)

 

-Led by the Spirit of God; therefore I am a daughter/son of God.     (Romans 8:14)

 

-Not walking after the flesh, but after the Spirit.     (Romans 8:1)

 

-Receiving all of my needs met according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.           (Philippians 4:19)

 

-Casting all my cares upon Him, because I know He cares for me.     (I Peter 5:7)

 

-Blessed with all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus.     (Ephesians 1:3)

 

-Blessed when I come in and blessed when I go out.     (Deuteronomy 28:6)

 

-An heir of God and a joint-heir with Christ.     (Romans 8:17)

 

-Being made perfect in every good work to do God’s will.     (Hebrews 13:21)

 

-Showing forth the praise of God.   (Psalm 51:15)

 

-Not in want because the Lord is my Shepherd.     (Psalm 23:1)

 

-Loved because the love of God has been shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Spirit. (Romans 5:5)

 

-Not afraid for God has not given me a spirit of fear but a spirit of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.     (II Timothy 1:7)

 

-A world overcomer because I am born of God.     (I John 5:4)

 

-Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of my faith.     (Hebrews 12:2)

 

-At peace because the work of righteousness is peace and the effect of righteousness is quietness and assurance forever.     (Isaiah 32:17)

 

-Not alone because God has said He will never leave me nor forsake me.               (Hebrews 13:5)

 

-Accepted in the Beloved.     (Ephesians 1:6)

 

-Increasing and abounding in love.     (I Thessalonians 3:12)

I can do ALL things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13

Perjalanan tugas Witness Lee

Witness Lee (Chinese: 李常受; pinyin: Lǐ Chángshòu; 1905 – June 9, 1997) adalah pengkhotbah Kristen Tionghoa bagi gereja-gereja lokal di  Tiongkok daratan, Taiwan dan Amerika Serikat. Masa kecilnya penuh dengan kesaksian, betapa Allah menunjukkan cinta yang luar biasa padanya, lewat kebijaksanaan, perhatian, serta cinta yang begitu besar dari ibunya. Ibu Witness Lee merupakan generasi ketiga dari aliran baptis selatan yang kemudian berkembang sebagai rumah bagi orang-orang Kristen di Cina. Ayahnya adalah seorang petani,yang meninggal dunia di tahun 1923. Di tengah himpitan ekonomi, ibu Witness Lee berjuang keras agar Lee dan saudara-saudaranya tidak hanya mendapatkan pendidikan Cina seperti umumnya, tetapi juga memperoleh pendidikan Barat. Witness Lee menghargai jerih payah ibunya dengan tekun sekolah dan berprestasi di Sekolah Dasar Southern Baptist Chinese dan English Mission College, yang dilayani oleh American Presbyterians di Chefoo.

 

Bertobat Karena Kesasaksian Kakak

Witness Lee mengalami perjumpaan dengan Yesus karena kesaksian kakaknya yang mengenalkan Lee pada sebuah gereja kongregasi independen Tionghoa di Chefoo. Beberapa bulan kemudian, yaitu April 1925, di usia 19 tahun,  ia mendengar kotbah Peace Wang yang membuatnya bertobat. Witness Lee menerima Tuhan Yesus sebagai Juru Selamat. Ia kemudian bekerjasama dengan Watchman Nee. Injil Pemulihan diprakarsai oleh Witness Lee dan Watchman Nee. Sebelum mereka berdua menerjemahkan ulang Alkitab PL dan PB, mereka sudah membaca 3500 buku sebagai literatur

Pengajarannya terkenal tajam.Tapi justru karena itu, banyak jiwa yang pada akhirnya dimenangkan.

Dia juga mendirikan Living Stream Ministry. .

 

Kisah Nefilim Refaim – Raja Og

Kisah Nefilim dan Refaim
Nephilim Rephaim Og

Raja Og. Moyang dari Gilgal Rephaim.


Peta di atas ditampilkan untuk membantu Anda lebih memahami letak lahan untuk sejarah yang hilang dari suku Nefilim. Ini adalah kelanjutan dari kisah Nefilim dari Mesopotamia, tanah air mereka. Dalam beberapa Alkitab dan di beberapa kitab Apokrif Nefilim yang digambarkan sebagai raksasa. Dalam Kitab Henokh mereka dari ukuran yang mengerikan. Sejauh ini tidak ada tulang yang ditemukan. Cerita dan artikel surat kabar menyebutkan contoh tapi ketika diselidiki bukti itu tidak terlihat. Ada orang-orang yang telah menghabiskan banyak waktu dan usaha untuk menemukan kerangka raksasa tetapi pulang dengan tangan kosong; banyak cerita tanpa bukti. Sehingga tidak seolah-olah tidak ada yang mencari mereka. Mereka belum ditemukan karena mereka tidak ada. Para arkeolog telah menggali sekitar Dolmen di berbagai tempat di negara-negara yang berbeda selama sekitar seratus tahun, namun mereka belum menemukan tulang kuno yang akan menyarankan ada raksasa. Mereka telah menemukan tulang berukuran normal namun bukan dari raksasa.

Inilah suku Nephilim dalam Alkitab, dengan Refaim yang paling terkenal, sebagai Anakin, AVIM, Emim, Gibborim, Horim, Zamzummim dan Zuzim (dan lain-lain). Mereka memiliki seorang raja Og dari Basan, seorang raksasa, yang menurut cerita rakyat tidur di tempat tidur besar yang memiliki kerangka besi. Panjangnya sekitar empat belas kaki dan lebar enam kaki. (Lihat Ulangan 3:11) ,dia  membuat jalan ke kota Raba kota Amon berdinding ke selatan. Jadi kita tahu bahwa setidaknya ini bagian dari legenda adalah dari Zaman Besi. Ini cocok sekali dengan data arkeologi dari Dolmen yang tersebar di wilayah yang luas di peta ini dan terus selatan. Zaman Besi di Levant dimulai pada sekitar 1.200 – 1.000 SM. Ini adalah tentang masa Raja Daud yang membunuh Goliat – Nefilim dan saat pemusnahan ras ini orang.

After David there is no mention of the Nephilim in the Holy Land. They are referred to as shades and the dead. Og was the last of the Rephiam (but not Nephilim) according to the Bible. Today the Valley of the Rephiam is a part of Israel just south of Jerusalem by a few miles. It took some time to finally kill them off – around a thousand years. These stories would not begin to be written until after 900 BC. Moses is supposed to be the one who slew Og (Numbers 21:34-5) and died at the age of 120 years old around 1400-1300 BC which would predate the Levant Iron Age. This 1400 date is used based on Egyptian sources at the time of the Exodus. The 1300 date is closer to the Jewish date. The dates that refer to this ancient history are still opinions and interpretations. Even the date for the Exodus is uncertain. But some Egyptian dates are firm. It is attributed to Moses that he also made a bronze snake to protect the people from dying from snake bite.

 

The Late Bronze Age in the Levant dates to about 1550-1200/1150 BC so Moses according to archaeological dating could have lived in the Bronze Age and perhaps the Iron Age as well given the question of exactly when these ages actually happened. So, lets say that at the time of the slaying of King Og Moses was alive. This would be in the Iron Age and predating Goliath from Gath. As with other events on this web site we are on a cusp of time. It could go either way. The dilemma is this: If we go by Egyptian dates then Moses is before the Iron Age and therefore could not have slain King Og. Or this legend was written in the Iron Age which includes an earlier story of Moses and Og and that the iron bed was added to the story hundreds of years after events. Or archaeological dating is off and Moses and Og did fight and that Og did have an iron bed. For sake of argument lets say the last assumption is correct in that Moses and Og lived in the Iron Age. This leads us to Gilgal Rephaim.

The earliest date for Gilgal Rephaim is around 3,000 BC based on the radiocarbon dating of potsherds, lichenometric tests and the astronomical alignment of the summer solstice. One other date is 4,000 BC but how that date was arrived was not noted. At about 1,000 BC the central carin was constructed and is considered to be a dolmen albeit a very large one. So it appears that Gilgal Rephaim was built over a span of about 2,000 years. Perhaps a better term is repurposed. Gilgal Rephaim was built first as an astronomical observatory and cultic center and then only later was an elaborate cairn built at its center. No bones found which is probably due to earlier looting. Since this structure was an agricultural calendar it would not have been accurate 2,000 years later (concerning alignments of certain constellations and stars such as Sirius) and that may have allowed the building the cairn at its center. This tomb has been associated by some with the king of the Rephaim – King Og. I think this is entirely possible even probable. Built at such an early date it is around two thousand years before the Iron Age. The later central carin is constructed during the Iron Age and built for a person of the greatest renown. It is a cosmic location that marked the solstices and equinoxes. The Biblical tale of the defeat of the Rephaim includes Moses, the greatest of the prophets, and Og the king of the “giants”. A very powerful story in and of itself. Og is elevated by association of being defeated by Moses. He must have been powerful and well known to the writers of this story. (Actually, Moses is supposed to have written it.) King Og was the King of Bashan which includes the Golan Heights on which Gilgal Rephaim is built. It is the high ground on which many dolmens are also built. King Og is presumably from the Iron Age the time of the construction of the cairn. Therefore, King Og could have been buried within Gilgal Rephaim. I like to think so.

There are many myths about King Og. Some appear in Rabbinical literature, some in the Old Testament, some in Muslim literature and some in extrabiblical literature. In all cases Og is a giant of giants. The earliest mention of Og is in regards to Noah. Og is supposed to have survived the flood with Noah’s help. And this story is because of the Nephilim conundrum: that the Nephilim survived the great flood when everyone else perished. It is because the Nephilim show up to fight the Hebrews (post flood) and second, to answer the verse  “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that…” (Genesis 6:4). Its the “after that” that is the problem. Despite all the philosophical gymnastics it remaims the same. The  Nephilim were there before the flood and the Nephilim were there after the flood. What is most unusual is that this myth incorporates Og the King of Bashan. Any Nephilim would suffice to explain away this problem but Og is specifically identified. An even more astounding myth within Rabbinical literature is that Og fled to Palestine where there was no flood (Rashi to Niddah). Imagine that.

Today some theologians point to a second “irruption” as the answer. The word irruption means an act of rushing, breaking in, intrusion, raiding or sudden increase.

Another myth about this king famous to the ancients is with Abraham. According to tradition Og was supposed to have informed Abraham of Lots abduction by King Chedorlaomer. Accordingly Og and Abraham were familiar with one another. Its not like Og suddenly shows up, Og and Abraham had some kind of implied relationship. Abraham was after all living among the Nephilim who happened to inhabit Canaan. Og in both of these stories has his own hidden agenda. After Noah’s Ark finally rest on solid earth Og tries to seduce Sarah, Noah’s wife. As for Abraham Og hopes that Abraham will be killed in his rescue attempt of Lot and thereby being able to marry Sarah, Abraham’s wife. Once again we see the sexual underlying theme of the Nephilim. As a side note: Abraham was living in or very near Hebron which was built by the Nephilim Arba, father to Anak. Originally this city was named Kirjath-arba and later became Hebron. You can read about it in Numbers 13. Also according to Wikipedia there is one of the rare concentrations of dolmens within Israel in the hills of Judah in the vicinity of Hebron.

“According to Mohammedan tradition, Og was a son of Noah’s sister, and survived his uncle 1,500 years, being killed by Moses”.
(http://www.sas.upenn.edu/religious_studies/rak/courses/735/Parabiblical/jamesog.htm)

This is interesting in that one of the myths of Noah and the Ark is that one of the women aboard was pregnant with a Nephilim child (that would be Ham’s wife) and thus, of course, did the Nephilim appear after the flood. There seems to have been an obsession with the Nephilim not only with Noah and Abraham but in general. Not surprising considering who they really were for they really were the men of renown. All of these stories were written after the demise of the Nephilim and constitute part of giants in folklore.

There is a substory and it is of the birth of Noah whose father was Lamech son of Methuselah. Noah as a baby according to the apocryphal Book of Noah when he opened his eyes “the whole house glowed like the sun”. Deeming that the supernatural was involved his father questioned his wife on her fidelity in that she had relations with an angel and therefore Noah would be considered a Nephilim the result of the mating of a human woman with an angelic man – a Watcher (derived from the Greek egregoris or grigori). She denies that this had happened which was true and confirmed by Enoch. Methuselah questioned his father Enoch on this subject. (He had to visit Heaven to do so.) Enoch confirmed that Noah was in fact Lamech’s son and adding that it was in the time of Jared, his father, that the transgression of the rebel angels happened and that they descended from Heaven onto Mount Hermon which is adjacent to the northern tip of Golan which is in Bashan and can be seen from Og’s capitol cities near Argob in Bashan’s southeastern part.

One tradition has Og living up to 3,000 years and another is just 900 years. He must have been an outstanding warrior/leader/king to have accrued such a fantastic history. His supposedly long life allows him to interact with the greatest religious leaders across a very long span of time. This chronology of long life for both Og and the patriarchs makes it difficult for Biblical scholars to date these events accurately. Good thing we have the Egyptians.

In writing this page I wondered if Og was in the Ugarit texts from Phoenicia and he may be. Here is what I found under Og on Wikipedia:
Og in non-Biblical inscriptions
A reference to “Og” appears in a Phoenician inscription from Byblos (Byblos 13) published in 1974 by Wolfgang Rölling in “Eine new phoenizische Inschrift aus Byblos,” (Neue Ephemeris für Semitische Epigraphik, vol 2, 1-15 and plate 1). It appears in a damaged 7-line funerary inscription that Rölling dates to around 500 BC, and appears to say that if someone disturbs the bones of the occupant, “the mighty Og will avenge me.”

A possible connection can also be made with the much older Ugaritic text KTU 1.108, which uses the term “king” in association with the root /rp/ or “Rapah” (the Rephaim of the Bible) and geographic place names that probably correspond to the cities of Ashtaroth and Edrei in the Bible, and with which king Og is clearly associated (Deuteronomy 1:4; Joshua 9:10; 12:4; 13:12, 31).

“Ogias the Giant”
The 2nd century BC apocryphal book “Ogias the Giant” or “The Book of Giants” depicts the adventures of a giant named Ogias who fought a great dragon, and who was supposedly either identical with the Biblical Og or was Og’s father.

There were legends of the Nephilim this far north. At Baalbek for instance it was to have been constructed by a Nephilim named Djenoun or perhaps this is the name of his tribe. In any case we have a Nephilim name associated with megalithic building which in folklore is not unusual.

For those of you who are really into the Nephilim you would be familiar with certain names associated with this area. First is Argob. Biblically speaking it is the volcanic plateau or tract that is located on the above map in the lower right corner. The cities of the giants is said to have resided there. The cities that Porter, Graham, Thomson, Burckhardt and others visited were on the very rim of this island of rock. There are also dolmens there as well (high ground). This raised volcanic table-like piece of land is also known as the Lejah and to the Greeks and Romans as Trachonitis. To the west of it is the Hauran and is where most of the agricultural work was done. It is very fertile due to its volcanic heritage and does not contain the basalt boulders and rock like the land nearer the plateau. It is in the Hauran that the capital city of Og known as Edrei and today as Dar’a was located. This Canaanite city (not my term) is considered as one of Syria’s oldest cities. King Og reportedly had residence in two different cities, Ashteroth and Edrei. Ashteroth also known as Ashteroth-Karnaim is supposedly located about eight miles to the northwest which could be today known as Tell Ashareh. It is beyond the city of Muzayrib and to the north by about two miles.
Ashteroth “It is significant, however, that Eusechius and Jerome record the existence in their day in Batanea of two places called Astaroth-Karnaim, ‘which lay 9 R. m. [Roman miles] apart, between Adara (Edrei) and Abila’ of the Decapolis; one of them, ‘the city of Og’ (say) 6 R. m. from Edrei, the other ‘a very large town of Arabia [in which] they show the house of Job’.” (Encyclopædia Biblica: A Critical Dictionary of the Literary, Political and Religious History, the Archæology Geography and Natural History of the Bible edited by the Rev Thomas Kelly Cheyne and John Sutherland Black 1899)
But this is not certain as other scholars locate this city within the Golan Heights. This confusion lay in the name itself as in Ashtoreth, Ashtaroth and Ashtoroth. But from what I have read the weight of the argument rests with Ashteroth being eight miles to the northwest.
“Edrei was Og’s great industrial and political capital, but Ashtaroth was his sacred and ecclesiastical capital, [290] and the sites and ruins accord with this view. Edrei stood on the cross-road and meeting-place of industry and commerce, and the ruins tell of large resources and great prosperity. Ashtaroth stood on a sacred mound, apart from the highways of secular life, and the scattered ruins and foundations on Tell Ashtarah are such as might be expected in connection with the worship of the local deity.”
(An Account of Palmyra and Zenobia with Travels and Adventures in Bashan and the Desert by Dr. William Wright 1895)
Dr. Wright also mentions that he could see the tell from a high point at Edrei.

HeshbonHeshbon, the royal city of King Sihon, today known as Chesban is located about sixteen miles east from the Jordan River and south of Edrei. There are Roman ruins on the site including a large reservoir with nearby a collection of dolmens and stone circles on a hill to the west. Those Romans were everywhere.

King Og is sometimes referred to as being an Amorite king with Sihon as the king of the Hesbon Amorites. But I do not think Og was an Amorite, he was a Rephiam. One reason for this allusion to being an Amorite may be from the verse of Genesis 14:13 as it reads: “And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner: and these were confederate with Abram.” This reference to “one that had escaped” is about the story of Noah and his helping Og escape the flood and “the plain of Mamre the Amorite” to explain his genealogy. But another tradition has Og escaping from the battle with Chedorlaomer at Ashteroth and informing Abram (Abraham) of what has happened to Lot which whether true or not makes more sense. Another reason may be by association. The Bible lists the five western Amorite kingdoms as Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish and Eglon. To the east are two more kingdoms considered as Amorite and they are Hesbon and Bashan. So if Bashan is considered as Amorite so would Og. In Amos 2:9 we read: “Yet destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath.” So from this sentence this Amorite was a giant (most likely Og) and therefore linking the Amorites with the Nephilim. But Amorites lived in the lands to the east as well which would include Sumeria which is also mentioned by Amos. But these eastern Amorites are not considered as giants:

“Before and during the Ur III period, Amorites held royal commissions, appeared in military service to the crown, and were litigants in lawsuits. Amorites were interpreters, mayors, farmers, and weavers. Although some documents suggest that Amorites were rude, agricultural folk, others show them peacefully integrated within Mesopotamian society.”
(Myths of The Archaic State: Evolution of the Earliest Cities, States and Civilizations by Norman Yoffee 2005)

No mention of giants, which is my point. The Amorites were not giants (Nephilim) they were Semites. And these particular Semites described in the above passage were most likely Arabian also known as the Southern Semites. The Amorites are considered as Semetic as are the Hebrews and Arabs. But I do not think that the Nephilim were Semetic, the Nephilim were a race unto themselves. What I think is clouding the issue is that the Nephilim were most likely political partners with the Amorites and since it seems that they more or less were cohabitants of the land were assumed as one and the same. I supposed Canaanite and Nephilim could be considered in the same light as the Nephilim are termed by some archaeologists as the “aboriginal giants of Canaan.” And that would make them Canaanites. That would refer to them in a regional way rather than racial. The Biblical boundaries for the Land of Canaan is from Numbers 34: “The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Command the Israelites, and say to them: When you enter the land of Canaan (this is the land that shall fall to you for an inheritance, the land of Canaan, defined by its boundaries), your south sector shall extend from the wilderness of Zin along the side of Edom. Your southern boundary shall begin from the end of the Dead Sea on the east; your boundary shall turn south of the ascent of Akrabbim, and cross to Zin, and its outer limit shall be south of Kadesh-barnea; and then it shall go on to Hazar-addar, and cross to Azmon to the Wadi of Egypt, and its termination shall be at the sea.”And it goes on for the other boundaries. Part of the eastern boundary is the Jordan River which the Israelites had to cross to enter the land of Canaan. In other words Bashan is not Canaan. That is not to say the Nephilim did not live in the land of Canaan which they most likely did but as far as Og is concerned he did not live in Canaan nor was he an Amorite or a giant despite scholarly and Biblical claims to the opposite. So as I see it there are basic linguistic problems with the stories of the Nephilim. One problem is a confusion of definitions with those definitions being for the Amorites, Canaanites and Nephilim.

And for Og this is what I think: Og was a true heroic figure from the Iron Age. He was not a giant (only in the minds of men) but could have been very strong and tall and he lived where legend says he lived in Edrei. Og had a second city named after the goddess Ashteroth a local version of Astarte a Syro-Canaanite goddess of love and war also know as “the queen of heaven”. So he was a religious man of the times, pagan but religious. He engendered huge respect considering what has been said of him. He may arisen to that rarefied level of myth maker through his military prowess. For the myths of Og seem to have reached Ugarit of the Phoenicians and to the Aegean through the Greek retelling of this myth as Ogygos of Bocotia. There is also a tenuous linguistic link with the Egyptian Anukis of Thebes.

It is odd in the way Og has been written about though. To begin at the time of Moses, as a comparison, Og and his army are out to defeat Moses and perhaps kill all of them off. So in this regard he is a definite adversary – the powerful bone breaking giant we have come to love and admire. But the other stories are much more gentle with him. In the Noah myth he is helped by Noah to survive the flood. Apparently not the literary beast he was to become which is interesting seeing how the Nephilim are portrayed particularly in the Book of Enoch. Not only that but the Nephilim, these so-called ravenous beasts were the very cause for the flood in the supernatural explanation within the story of the Watchers. So, what was Noah thinking? Abraham converses with Og and there is no shown animosity between the two. In one myth Og is teased after the birth of Isaac about his prediction that Abraham would have no children. Not exactly what you would you say to a dangerous giant sitting next to you who thought otherwise. However, it does take a hero to slay a hero and thus does Moses (who was somewhere around 100 years old or more) to deliver that killing blow. So Og is curiously uncoupled from the legends of menacing giants and not only that he is put into very good company. Unbelievable it is but in his legend he knows Noah, Abraham and Moses three of the greatest Biblical heavyweights in prehistory. Two of the three are from Mesopotamia. So old King Og is of truly mythical and may I say awesome proportions.

So I hope my little personal history on King Og is of a help and that it clarifies why, given Og’s fantastic life story, he is really the only candidate you can point to as being of such stature as to be buried at Gilgal Rephaim. This king had a reputation that today we can not begin to appreciate.

 

 

 

Chairos after Mr.Peter Tjondro

CHAIROS WITHIN NATION TRANSFORMATION
…For those who had, will be added
Interview with: Rev.Peter Tjondro
Taken From: Mission News
web by: Eddy Sriyanto


This is the interview with Mr.Peter Tjondro on the June 29th ,2005 at 9.30 p.m

What do you mean about chairos for the nation’s transformation, Sir ?
Actually, the chairos that I meant is for me. This year is the chairos year for me, personally. Not for the nation’s transformation. Particularly for MissionCare because after passing several tests, I feel that the burdens of MissionCare has already stucked. Suddenly, I caught the God’s heart about Aceh. That was the way of God to tast in the latest before the chairos. We are talking about Luke 19 : 11 – 27, that talking about 3 things of the chairos through Mina’s tales. When we looked at the blessings rightly so will findthe chairos. Chairos or God’s time. Mr.Zig Ziglar talked about the preparation meets the opportunity. The opportunity is the chairos. The preparation is that I told is about Mina has 3 things, when we looked at the blessings rightly, our attitude is to give thanks, becoming the first step that the chairos will come. The first thing, that the blessings must to be thankful. When we cannot to thankful for our blessings yet, we enjoy our blessings today. In our entirely lackness, we decide to thank for what God give. The chairos will never comes -up. For example, that miana. Ten persons who were given the same mina but only one person worked hard because he was thankful for that mina. The second, the blessing is the responsibility.

What responsibility do you mean, Sir?
First, is to thankfull and after he did that because of the responsibility. When we were blessed by God that means responsibility. How much our blessing that becoming our responsibility. Mr. Kohn Maxwell told that someone’s gratefulness to be analyzed by his responsibilities not by his big or small occupation, not seen by his richness or poorness but from his responsibilities. Even when you become ‘the less blessed’ person but you responsibled for that ‘little blessing’, for God you have ‘the potency’ to become ‘a great person’. So, when one mina produced ten, what did God say, now you will lead ten cities.

God gave 10 gifts because we received it as the responsibilities so the blessing will be added by God. In Luke 19:26, that is the climax of the word ‘chairos’, for who is having I will give, I will add to. It means, that who had the responsibilities, who had thankfulness. For the example, I had experience. I had ever given the exdresses, I thankful for that. Never mind, the important thing those were not torn, even if I could bought, those were I wore. But, actualy the person who had gave felt happy that the things matched for me. After that, he bought for me again and again, for that I was thankful.

And the third, is faithfulness. Actually ,the mina is the tst. God said, very good my servant because you have already being faithful in the small matter, now I will give you the big responsibility, so for God when is the chairos, is when we are faithful. David was being tested by God with watching over two and three sheep but he fought with the lion and the bear as his responsibilities.

So, actually the chairos is not being realized only as the God’s time but there is a preparation?
Yes, that was just mentioned, God will not give His time before ready. So that, when Jesus met His time before ready. So that, when Jesus met His mother in the wedding at Cana, He told, “Mother, my time is not ready”, but what that Mary (Jesus’ mother) did, she ordered the staff: “Please, for what He command for, do it.” God knows His time, that Mary just preparing, waiting, not being apathetic but active. (The Cana’s wedding is the wedding where in that occassion Jesus did the miracle by changed the water to be wine).

As far, in that situation Mary knew what will be happened or just followed what Jesus said?
Surely, because God was not said ‘no’. Just only ‘My time is not ready’. And God knew Mary’s heart. God will not allow the temptation over the human strength. These principles of the Bible that are very important. So, for me, when God ordered me to build a hospital in Aceh. God want to test me. When I took in charge of that, evidently for today, many of foreigner’s institutions begin to involve.

How much the fund at Mr.Peter to build that hospital?
For that time, was twenty million rupiah

Actually, is that enough to build?
Is very very not enough, but I tried to catch from the humanity side. How pity they are! We struggled for them.

Is that also the responsibility that you have already mentioned, Sir?

Crrectly, and I had ‘SMS’ to my friends and finally, we go

In the beginning, you told that MissionCare has already stucked, do you want to mention it?
Yes, the word of ‘has already stucked’ meant like this, that I saw in this term MissionCare was running normally, there’s no ‘jump’. I want there is ‘ajumping’. For this time, only maintenance. I’m not a person of maintenance, I’m a type of person who want to build, to breakthrough. If, I could not to maintain, must be somebody else. I open a ‘PI Post’ (the evangelism field), it’s O.K. for me, but don’t let me be a pastor. So ,it’s the time for me, but we don’t know about God’s time.

After Aceh, is there anything else to be done as a responsibility?
Aceh become chairos’ point and that chairos’ point evidently not only for MissionCare but also for MissionCare Solo, that is for two years was stopped because have no money. Evidently, Aceh took a courage. And until now, still running. Aceh’s project is an international’s experience for me. People begin to trust me because can handle project in Aceh very well. This 2005 year, it mean there is ten years more as my responsibilities to 2015. So, when I begin to bring about WorldCare, everywhere people caught that matched with transformation. All of the people became knowing what is transformation, all the people also became confused how to begin a transformation. That always announcing is praying. So, evidently when transformation comes up, people hear about my ministries. For along time, not to be publicated.I’m also not being publicated with my projects. I enjoyed my projects because I had money with that and I didn’t want to be confuse with any of national projects but ‘have no money’. Suddently, people begin to respond. That’s the chairos. The transformation must begun with a movement…..Aceh’s movement, for me, Aceh is a momentum that changes everything, if God opened Aceh so that ‘the Good News’ can be preached like that. It means God’s time for us to transform all things.

But in one side, besides Aceh now appeared other disasters like hunger-oedema etc?

Exactly, now if people faced the disaster, people just questioning. Thus, seem that the barometer is MissionCare. I didn’t want to do the works that obviously God didn’t order. Because there are ‘other parts of body’.

Now, Worldcare need the fund, the hospital in Aceh need the fund also, other activities in Missioncare always need funds, how to make all things can survive even more staffs to be involved? From where to begin?

That is, begin from the chairos, once again, if God opened, there’s no others that can close. People begin to see this project, what’s that, so people begin to see from that . For me, is not the way to get money. But when our project being evaluated by other people as successful, people will trust with our lives so idealism will be formed. But before we can win our lives. That you who had the idealism will be judged by other people. Actually, the chairos is in every men. But only the man is ready or not.

The second, have the faith or not for the chairos will come in his life. Since formerly,with what in Solo, I encouraged myself. I told as I felt I have already the blessing, but only not the time to connect. And like yesterday, two hundreds people gathered, only by SMS, I brought the presentation and many of the people want to help, many of them want to involve. God’ time begin to come. (In the afternoon, mr.Peter Tjondro has just arrived from Solo by flight, and just had the meeting with the members and the relation of Missioncare in Bangsri village, Karanganyar, Solo-red).

2015 still ten years ahead. For this time, many people that felt ‘apathetic’ with anything that seem more ‘ahead’. Many of them only thought of ‘what in front of their eyes’. How about your opinion about this matter. Life will end when we stop dreaming. We are going into the ending-level. For me, the year of 2015 is the motivator to do anything that God gives me today. So, the life will end when you stop to dream. For me, the year of 2015 is in front of my eyes.

Sir, you had a dream that in the year of 2015, Indonesia will be prosper. How to move the people to become synergy, maybe the pastors or the public-figures together in the direction of the transformation?

When people had seen to a small transformation. For the example, mina. From one mina became ten. The master trusted that the servant would able

BloodMoon 2016, bukan Tetrad tetapi Pentad ?

Ada Bulan Darah ke 5 di perayaan pada tahun 2016! Ini karena pada Purim – Pesta Esther. Apakah itu belum pernah terjadi sebelumnya? Bagaimana peristiwa terkait dengan  Kesepakatan Nuklir Iran? Mengapa kita harus memahami Kalender Allah Ibrani? apakah angka 9 Ditujukan Hari Kudus? Karena hal-hal ini sedang digenapi pada zaman kita, di depan mata kita!

Purim 5776, Pentad Blood Moon dan Pesakh 5776

 

 

Esther 8:4  Then the king held out to Esther “Hadassah” the golden sceptre. So Esther “Hadassah” bangkitlah, and stood before the king.

Sejak bulan lalu TUHAN selalu berkata tentang Purim, Purim dan Purim secara terus menerus untuk bulan ini tanpa DIA sedikitpun menyinggung Paskah ‘Kristen’ yang juga jatuh di bulan ini pada penanggalan Gregorian, yang memang jatuh bersamaan dengan Purim Season, namun bukan Purimnya melainkan Shushan Purim.

Entah mengapa DIA ingin kita fokus kepada Purim, bukannya Paskah bulan ini.

Mungkin beberapa orang akan berkata dan punya respon masing-masing, namun saya hanya akan berkata apa yang TUHAN katakan.

Jelas, DIA ingin kita tidak distracted karena hanya melihat Paskah ‘Kristen’ yang originally Paskah selalu di 14 Nisan bukan Adar lalu tidak melihat Purim. Apapun perhitungannya, tentu kita lihat Kalender yang TUHAN gunakan.

Ada sesuatu akan terjadi, lebih dari ekspektasi saya ketika awal-awal TUHAN bicara tentang Purim untuk bulan ini, untuk tahun ini.

Tahun 5776 sangatlah istimewa karena ada 13 Bulan (Arti nilai 13 dalam bahasa Ibrani adalah Cinta dan Unity), jadi kita sekarang berada di bulan ke 13, bulan Adar dimana Purim terjadi dan bukan Pesakh atau Paskah yang selalu jatuh pada bulan Nissan, bulan pertama.

Ada satu kalender yang kita tidak tahu selain Gregorian dan Ibrani, ada satu kalender lain yang bernama Kalender Taurat, namun kalender itu tidak kita gunakan, bahkan beberapa tahun belakangan ini TUHAN selalu memberikan Pesan kepada GerejaNYA lewat Kalender Ibrani dan bukan Kalender Taurat.

 

Perbedaannya apa? Kalender Ibrani sekarang tahun 5776, namun jika Kalender Taurat bukan lagi 5776 melainkan sudah lebih dari 6000 tahun, tepatnya kita ada di tahun 6001 saat ini.

Tanggal 25 Maret di kalender Gregorian kita jatuh Perayaan Paskah, yang akhirnya disebut oleh beberapa orang Paskah Kristen yang akhirnya muncul pendapat dan paham bahwa Paskah Kristen berbeda dengan Paskah Ibrani (Biblical Passover) yang jatuh bulan depan, bulan April (Harapan saya tak ada lagi istilah Paskah Kristen dan Ibrani, karena kita satu, unity di dalam YESHUA). Buat saya ini aneh… sangat aneh. Memang jika kita lihat Kalender Taurat Paskah jatuh pada tanggal 22 Maret bulan ini, namun sekali lagi kita dan TUHAN tak menggunakan Kalender Taurat melainkan Kalender Ibrani, oleh sebab itu kita gunakan Ayin Vav 5776 untuk Tahun ini seperti yang TUHAN wahyukan kepada Para Rabbi (Israel) dan Hamba TUHAN (Gereja). Sekali lagi jika kita gunakan Kalender Taurat maka saat ini bukan Tahun 5776 melainkan 6001 yang sejujurnya jika begitu kita sudah masuk masa Milenium ke 7, Kerajaan Seribu Tahun.

Maka dari itu bulan ini saya lebih condong kepada Purim, namun bukannya tidak rayakan Paskah, saya tetap rayakan Paskah namun saya tidak melupakan Purim dan tidak membiarkan iblis untuk buat saya unfocus terhadap PurimNYA, Purim 5776, Purim Yobel Besar. Merayakan kapanpun bisa, tapi kita harus tahu ketepatan, lakukan dalam ketepatan, bagaimana caranya? Kita tahu seasonnya, masanya, waktunya yang tepat. Namun begitu, anda mau rayakan Paskah pada waktu Januari ya boleh, seperti banyak dari kita yang rayakan KelahiranNYA pada 25 Desember atau Januari, yang notabene TUHAN YESUS tak lahir di kedua bulan tersebut. Namun sekali lagi belajar untuk tepat!!!

Dan ada satu hal yang membuat saya percaya dan peneguhan buat saya bahwa TUHAN punya Agenda di Purim 5776-2016 ini. Apa itu?

Blood Moon ke 5, atau Pentad Blood Moon.

Kita bisa mengerti bahwa TUHAN punya agenda saat Blood Moon tiba untuk bangsa PilihanNYA. Dan kita mengerti bahwa 2014-2015 terjadi Tetrad Blood Moon dan itu merupakan sesuatu yang serius, namun kita dikagetkan ternyata muncul Blood Moon ke 5 setelah Gerhana Matahari Total 9 Maret lalu Klik -> Haman, Gerhana Matahari dan Purim , dan TUHAN pada waktu itu beri Pesan bahwa Spirit Haman arise pada waktu itu, saat itu saya tak tahu akan terjadi Blood Moon tepat pada waktu masuk Purim.

Rangkaian Blood Moon itu selalu tepat pada hari raya Ibrani (Kalender Ibrani) yang tertulis di dalam Alkitab termasuk Purim 5776. Jika dalam Kalender Taurat maka akan jatuh pada Pesakh “Paskah” 6001. Sekali lagi kita gunakan 5776, right? Tapi secara Profetik, keduanya adalah sama-sama Pembalikan Keadaan, bahkan Pesakh adalah Pembalikan Keadaan yang terbesar, namun sekali lagi kita mau tepat dan sesuai perkataan TUHAN, tahun ini 5776 so this is Purim. Apapun itu, Purim atau Pesakh, semuanya adalah AgendaNYA. Namun mari tepat!

Lalu kapan Pesakh Ibrani? 21 April “Sundown” hingga 30 April “Sundown” 2016 mendatang.

Jadi dalam rangkaian Pentad ini jika ditotal maka 5 Blood Moon dan 3 Solar eclipse.

Awalnya saya menyangka ini pertama kali untuk Pentad Blood Moon, namun ternyata Pentad Blood Moon pertama yang tercatat adalah pada tahun 1997, Blood Moon ke 5 dalam rangkaian Tetrad yang menjadi Pentad pada tahun 1997 jatuh pada tanggal 23 Maret 1997 exactly tepat dengan Blood Moon ke 5 tahun ini, 23 Maret 2016.

Apa yang terjadi pada Pentad Blood Moon 1997? Masih ingat Krisis Moneter? Masih ingat Asian Financial Crisis? Yang saat 1998 terjadi momen yang tak terlupakan buat Bangsa Kita? Iya, namun masih ada beberapa events yang terjadi setelah Blood Moon ke 5 Tahun 1997.

Buat apa kita tahu semua hal ini? Agar kita tahu harus berdoa menahan seperti apa, tentunya sesuai bagian kita masing-masing.

Mari lihat event-event yang terjadi setelah Blood Moon ke 5, 23 Maret 1997 :

  1. March 27th Martin Luther King’s son meets James Earl Ray, his father’s killer
  1. Apr 29th The Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993 comes into force, outlaws production, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons among its signatories.

  2. July 2nd Asian Financial Crisis, the devaluing of the Thai babt triggered off the currency crisis, which devastated the many Asian countries’ economies in ensuing months.
  3. Aug 31st Diana, Princess of Wales, dies in a car crash in a road tunnel, Paris
  1. Mother Theresa of Calcutta died a week later after Princess Diana, Sept 1997
  1. Sep 26th An earthquake strikes the Italian regions of Umbria and the Marche, causing part of the Basilica of St. Francis at Assisi to collapse.
  1. Dec 22nd Acteal massacre: Attendees at a prayer meeting of Roman Catholic activists for indigenous causes in the small village of Acteal in the Mexican state of Chiapas are massacred by paramilitary forces.

Apa yang paling menarik untuk anda diantara 7 events yang terjadi diatas? Buat saya yang pertama adalah event pertama, tanggal 27 Maret 1997, Hari ke 5 dari hari dimana Blood Moon ke 5 muncul. Martin Luther King Junior bertemu dengan James earl Ray, yang adalah pembunuh ayahnya. Itu sesuatu sekali, pengampunan terjadi. Namun event 2-7 tak bisa kita kesampingkan begitu saja. Princess Diana, disebut Princess of Wales, apa itu Wales? Cikal bakal Azuza Street revival adalah Wales Revival. Lalu hanya beberapa hari setelah Princess Diana pulang, Ibu Theresa juga pulang. Lihat 7 event itu, dan mari mulai berdoa.

Lalu mari kita lihat apa yang terjadi pada 23 Maret beberapa puluh tahun yang lalu,

23 March

1933 Enabling Act: German Reichstag grants Adolf Hitler dictatorial powers

1942 2,500 Jews of Lublin massacred or deported

Dalam pesan TUHAN yang saya tulis 8 Maret 2016 lalu, TUHAN berkata bahwa kita harus hati-hati karena spirit Haman, spirit yang juga dimiliki Hitler akan rise up saat Gerhana Matahari Total. Dan TUHAN minta kita deklarasi minimal hingga Purim. Baru hari ini saya kaget, ternyata di hari Blood Moon ke 5 di rangkaian Pentad Blood Moon 2014-2016 terjadi di hari, di tanggal dimana Hitler menerima Otoritas sebagai Diktator dan 9 tahun kemudian 2500 orang Yahudi di bantai di tanggal yang sama. Kebetulankah? Naif jika kita bicara ini kebetulan.

Ada penghancuran, namun ada pembangunan itu pola TUHAN dalam Alkitab, 5 Februari 1997, beberapa minggu sebelum Blood Moon ke 5, 3 Bank Swiss mengumpulkan dana bagi Korban Holocaust ”Pembantaian Nazi” sebesar 70 Juta Dollar.

April 1st An Arab League meeting calls on the Arab states to freeze ties with Israel.

Dan pada tanggal 1 April 1997, 9 hari setelah Blood Moon ke 5 Liga Arab memutuskan untuk membekukan hubungan mereka dengan Israel.

Dan sejujurnya maasih banyak kejadian yang terjadi, namun biarlah ini saja yang kita tahu, selanjutnya TUHAN biar tuntun kita masing-masing pribadi.

Mari kita lihat apa yang TUHAN bukakan lewat Ps. Steve Cioccolanti (Discover Ministries) ‘ Lengkapnya bisa anda tonton di Link Youtube’ :

 

5th BLOOD MOON on PURIM – It’s a PENTAD not TETRAD! (WWIII Iran Israel Korea)

 

Nah, kita sekarang berada dalam masa terakhir dari “tetrad blood moon” (yang ke-8, 2014-2015, terhitung sejak 2000 tahun lalu, sejak masa Yesus Kristus) dan Ps. Steve menyatakan bahwa kita akan mengalami bulan merah darah(blood moon) ke-5, yaitu pada tanggal 23 Maret 2016 yang jatuh pada hari Raya Purim. Sekarang mari kita rangkum apa yang sudah terjadi:

– Gerhana Bulan total pertama (15 April 2014 – Paskah): Memicu Perang 50 hari Israel-Gaza/Syria-ISIS (penggenapan Yesaya 17)

– Gerhana Bulan total kedua (8 Oktober 2014-Hari Raya Sukkot): memicu pemenggalan kepala di muka umum

– Gerhana Matahari total (20 Maret 2015-1 Nisan): Memicu invasi Arab Saudi ke Yemen (perang Sunni- Syiah)

– Gerhana Bulan total ketiga (4 April 2015-paskah): Memicu persetujuan Nuklir Iran dan legalnya pernikahan kaum ‘gay’.

– Gerhana Matahari parsial 13 September 2015: Memicu pengungsian besar-besaran kaum muslim.

– Gerhana Bulan total (28 September 2015 – Hari Raya Sukkot): Memicu invasi Rusia ke Suriah dan Kesaksian Nathan (seorang anak Yahudi berumur 15 tahun)

Kita mengira bahwa itu adalah yang terakhir namun tanggal 23 Maret 2016 ada suatu tanda lagi di langit yaitu, Gerhana Bulan penumbral (penumbral blood moon) yang juga jatuh di hari raya Purim. Menurut Ps. Steve, hal ini pasti memicu sesuatu peristiwa. Apabila saudara belum mengetahui purim, sebaiknya saudara membaca di kitab Ester.

Mari kita lihat arti Profetiknya, Raja = Mesias, Yeshua (Yesus). Ratu = Gereja Tuhan. Purim juga bisa berarti dari suatu hal yang buruk berubah menjadi hal yang baik yang memerdekakan kita dari musuh Tuhan.

Pembalikan keadaan, mungkin beberapa hari ini banyak yang melihat saya (penulis) sebagai orang kolot, keras, egois karena selalu mengatakan Purim, Purim dan Purim… alasannya karena itu yang TUHAN katakan.

Diatas sudah tertulis apa saja yang terjadi pada rangkaian 4 Blood Moon, apa yang akan terjadi setelah Blood Moon ke 5? Mari berjaga dan lihat apa yang terjadi.

21 Maret 2016 Petang saya sedang dalam perjalanan ke Jakarta, TUHAN banyak bicara tentang Purim di perjalanan. Dan TUHAN suruh saya baca Kitab Ester kembali waktu itu. Ketika saya buka Kitab Ester, baru saja… seketika saya tersadar akan sesuatu. Hal yang saya dapat waktu itu sedikit berbeda dengan apa yang kita bicarakan diawal, saya tuliskan pesan TUHAN yang saya ketik di Status Facebook saya, namun ujungnya jangan unfocus, jangan distracted… focus on Purim, focus on Divine Turning dan Pentad Blood Moon dan paling penting fokus ke DIA.

Gulungan Kitab Ester

“” Pada pasal pertama Kitab Ester, ada satu kejadian, ada satu respon yang mengakibatkan seorang Mempelai ‘dicopot’ dari Kemempelaiannya dan ujungnya yang terjadi adalah kejadian naiknya Mempelai baru sebagai pengganti Mempelai Pertama. 

Ya, ini bicara tentang Wasti dan Ester.

TUHAN jelas berkata, ” Jangan buat pesta sendiri. “

Kita semua tahu (bagi yang sudah baca Kitab Ester) bahwa Purim terjadi diawali dengan Wasti sebagai Ratu, sebagai Mempelai menolak undangan Pesta Raja dan buat Pestanya sendiri yang akhirnya kita sedikit tahu bagaimana nasib Wasti selanjutnya.

Ketika saya share tentang Purim juga Paskah tahun ini yang tidak tepat, apapun perhitungannya, maaf saya hanya melihat dalam Kalender Ibrani, Kalender yang TUHAN pakai di sepanjang FirmanNYA di Alkitab.

Banyak respon, banyak reaksi… ada yang berkata tentang ketepatan tak penting lagi, yang penting hati. Oke, TUHAN melihat hati tapi hati bagaimana yang DIA berkenan? Hamba-hambaNYA selalu ajarkan kita untuk lakukan dalam ketepatan, walau seringkali kita banyak salah dan tidak tepat itu berbeda dengan ketidaktepatan yang ‘disengaja’ walau sudah tahu bagaimana ketepatannya, bisa tepat itu Anugerah.

Ada 2 Momen di bulan ini, ada Purim dan ada Paskah yang disebut Paskah Kristen, sekali lagi saya tidak tahu asal-usul mengapa ada 2 Paskah, dimana di Alkitab hanya tercatat ada satu Paskah saja.

Pesta Raja di Pasal Pertama Kitab Ester bisa kita katakan itu sebuah Perayaan, Hari Raya. Bukankah bulan ini ada 2 Hari Raya?

Jika kita melihat Kalender Ibrani, maka kita tahu mana dan apa yang disebut “Pesta Raja” di bulan ini.

Biar kita merespon dengan benar dan tidak seperti Wasti, anda rayakan Paskah di bulan ini it’s ok, namun jangan lupakan, jangan abaikan Purim!

Sejujurnya, ini sangat keras… saya pun sejujurnya gentar dan gemetar saat tulis status ini dimana ada harapan yang sebenarnya salah di hati saya, “Semoga yang saya dapat ini ndak bener…”

Tapi sekali lagi, apapun perasaan saya, apapun yang terjadi… pesanNYA yang saya sampaikan dan sekali lagi saya berharap saya, kita semua dapat merespon dengan benar dan tepat. “”

Apapun itu respon kita penting, peka terhadap hatiNYA. Ikuti mauNYA, lalu jalanlah di jalanNYA. Saya berdoa kita semua sepakat dan sehati dengan TUHAN YESHUA.

TUHAN YESHUA Memberkati…

 

Chag Purim Sameach 5776, Selamat Paskah 2016 dan Selamat menyongsong Pesakh “Paskah” 5776!!!